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Yeah I know this is a bit of a joke as far as a thread goes. There aren't many of them out there but here's mine. Unlike Eliflap's bikes, mine usually get heavier. I added a riser bar, changed the Eggbeater's for Candy's, and swapped the rotors up a size front and rear.

It's got a bit of dirt on it but the half pound it gained in the past two weeks has made it a more versatile machine.


So far I'm really happy with this bike. I raced it last Sunday at the Power of Four Mtb race in Aspen. I was very slow but I finished, which is more than Lance can say. Anyway the bike rides great. I guess it voids the warranty, but Cannondales are built pretty good so that doesn't worry me a bit.
 

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You're getting beat by a girl.
She's a UCI Masters World Champ, Marathom I think, from a few years back...and she was having a good day. Mine was terrible, couldn't get the pulse rate up, slow the whole day. But I didn't crash out.
 

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Question for the 650 converters..

Thinking of converting my Taurine to 650b, jus wondering how much it will affect the geometry and handling? I guess the bb will be raised a bit and steering will be somewhat slower. Will this be a big difference from frames that are specifically designed for 650b, or 29" for that matter.
 

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Just how many Flash/Scalpel Ultimates are there in the UK?

They seem to be as rare as rocking horse s**t.
 

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Thinking of converting my Taurine to 650b, jus wondering how much it will affect the geometry and handling? I guess the bb will be raised a bit and steering will be somewhat slower. Will this be a big difference from frames that are specifically designed for 650b, or 29" for that matter.
I don't think you're going to notice any huge difference. If you run big tires on your 26" wheel already you're not going to find it possible to really increase overall diameter that much, maybe a half inch at most.

For me the conversion made sense because on the Scalpel 80 the 650b Racing Ralph just barely fits, and is a big jump from Furious Fred's on stock wheels. The bike rocks.
 

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No change then

Thanks YB1,

I currently run Schwalbe RR 2.25 on my Taurine, great tire. I recollect reading that the RR 2.25 in 650B will not fit a Taurine, or only with very small margins. Since we see of lot of mud here in my region, I need some clearance. Could use a RR 2.1, but the the difference of going 650B would indeed be marginal.

BTW, just upgrade to a Cannondale 'SAVE' seatpost. Best upgrade ever, really smoothens the ride, worth every penny!
 

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The Furious Freds aren't really ideal for any off-road cycling imo.
 

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Thanks YB1,

I currently run Schwalbe RR 2.25 on my Taurine, great tire. I recollect reading that the RR 2.25 in 650B will not fit a Taurine, or only with very small margins. Since we see of lot of mud here in my region, I need some clearance. Could use a RR 2.1, but the the difference of going 650B would indeed be marginal.

BTW, just upgrade to a Cannondale 'SAVE' seatpost. Best upgrade ever, really smoothens the ride, worth every penny!
What seatpost did you have before? I have been thinking about upgrading to the S.A.V.E seatpost on my Taurine, but have had conflicting feedback on whether it will make a difference or not.
 

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What seatpost did you have before? I have been thinking about upgrading to the S.A.V.E seatpost on my Taurine, but have had conflicting feedback on whether it will make a difference or not.
Hi Nick,

It was the seatpost that came stock on my Taurine, an ALU post from cannondale. Stiff and light, the new save post is much lighter. However, in ride quality the two really cannot be compared. The SAVE post is so much smoother and comfortable, I have to say that this is the best upgrade I have ever bought for a bike. I can stay seated in much rougher sections then before. Note that we don't have any rocky sections where I ride, only forrest with roots etc, but it certainly helped to add to the comfort of the bike. All in all I can ride longer without getting a sore back, which for me is a big plus.

The SAVE post only comes in 27.2mm, so you'll need a shim to have it fit in a Taurine.

Just spotted on Bikeradar that Syntace will also bring a 'comfort 'carbon post. See Eurobike 2011: Syntace's New Carbon Post With Built-in Flex - BikeRadar
 

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Hi Nick,

It was the seatpost that came stock on my Taurine, an ALU post from cannondale. Stiff and light, the new save post is much lighter. However, in ride quality the two really cannot be compared. The SAVE post is so much smoother and comfortable, I have to say that this is the best upgrade I have ever bought for a bike. I can stay seated in much rougher sections then before. Note that we don't have any rocky sections where I ride, only forrest with roots etc, but it certainly helped to add to the comfort of the bike. All in all I can ride longer without getting a sore back, which for me is a big plus.

The SAVE post only comes in 27.2mm, so you'll need a shim to have it fit in a Taurine.

Just spotted on Bikeradar that Syntace will also bring a 'comfort 'carbon post. See Eurobike 2011: Syntace's New Carbon Post With Built-in Flex - BikeRadar
Great, thanks for the feedback Jowan - your have made my mind up for me. I have the shim already, just need to find a SAVE seatpost, they are out of stock and on backorder here in Sunny South Africa but I will sooner or later track one down. It seems it will make a brilliant bike even better.:thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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Great, thanks for the feedback Jowan - your have made my mind up for me. I have the shim already, just need to find a SAVE seatpost, they are out of stock and on backorder here in Sunny South Africa but I will sooner or later track one down. It seems it will make a brilliant bike even better.:thumbsup::thumbsup:
Bes sure to let us know your findings when you have been able to get one!
 

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After one ride on the 650b I sold the Scalpel and ordered a 29 Scalpel... That's how convinced of the bigger wheels I got !!
So I'm a bit confused. You went to 650b and since you had a good experience you decided bigger would be better and went 29". Bigger isn't always better.
 
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